Review: Vivo X80 Pro

The Vivo X80 Pro is the latest offering from Vivo. It nicely upgrades on its predecessor, the Vivo X70 Pro. If I have to highlight one aspect of this device, it would be the incredible photography experience. Having said that, it costs nearly £1200, which means it gets tough competition from other competitors, such as offerings from Samsung and Apple, all the way to most Android flagship. Let’s take a closer look at the device.

Vivo X80 Pro – Features

  • Vivo Zeiss co-engineered Imaging System, including Vivo V1+ chip for image processing
  • 4 rear cameras: 50MP standard, 48MP ultra wide, 12MP Portrait, 8MP Periscope
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Processor
  • FunTouch OS 12 (Based on Android 12)
  • 256GB Storage/12GB RAM
  • 6.78″ Screen, AMOLED, 3200×1440
  • 4700mAh battery with 80W FlashCharge and 50W Wireless FlashCharge
  • 164.57×75.3×9.1mm, 219g

Look and Feel

There’s something about the Vivo X80 Pro that makes it look and feel serious. It almost reminds me of the old Vertu phones, or the Blackberries in their heyday, or my favourite ever phone, the Sony Ericsson P1i. It is probably how it is weighted mixed with the subtle matte finish, but I like it.

While the front is a pretty standard curved screen with a camera poking through the top, the back has a huge bulge to hold all the cameras. Interestingly, the periscope lens is away from the circle holding the other lenses. It almost feels like an after thought, but it is functional so not much more need to complain.

Other than that, you have the power and volume buttons on the side, USB-C charging and SIM slot on the back, and an IR port on the top.


There is so much to say and write about the skills this phone brings to the world of photography is that it is almost hard to nail it down. While lots of reviews are full of images, what I liked most was how well it performed to the point that you forget how good it is. We live in times where we tend to forget that only 3-4 years ago, getting a good picture at night was a big deal.

This phone just lets you forget all the issues you may have had, and brings stuff like OIS, zoom, night photography, and so much more. Mix that with its AI abilities, and the total RAW control, and the best camera you own is definitely the one in your pocket!


There is a lot of detail that has gone into the design of this device. A beautiful screen offers you results for all the stuff you get through the cameras. The device also features liquid vapour cooling technology, meaning the processor can work extra hard to offer you the best speed and power for everything from your daily tasks to more intense processes such as gaming.

All in all, it was hard to notice any lag in performance.

FunTouch OS

I like the name – it is fun! It has a fairly basic feel about it, not messed with too much, but it still throws in enough apps that you know you’re not quite driving a basic Google Android device. Included are a few apps that you may not care for, and sometimes it was hard to find certain settings, but like all phones, you get used to it. It is built on Android 12, so it offers a fairly good set of features, something you’d expect from such a device.

Battery Life

The battery is another aspect where this phone impresses quite well. I have easily had 2 days of use out of it, which means you can easily travel with this, or even use it as a Sat NAV on long journeys without needing to plug it in.

Also on offer is 80W charging when plugged in, and a whopping 50W wireless charging. Quite impressive, though not many of those wireless chargers about at the moment.

Vivo X80 Pro – More information

More information on the Vivo X80 Pro can be found on the Vivo website.

You can buy it from online retailers such as Amazon. At the time of writing, it retails at around £1200.


The phone wins on photography, no challenges there! It sits in a tough market due to its price, but in some ways, it also makes the rest of the Vivo range very tempting. A great introduction to the skills that Vivo brings, and we look forward to much more!

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